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Forum: General Photography 11-28-2019, 04:02 PM  
SD cards as long term backup?
Posted By pakinjapan
Replies: 23
Views: 681
I would go with mSATA Mini SSD or a typical 3.5'' SSD. SD card make me nervous. You know sometime you delete images or files and it just go away. Not in trash can, it just gone and can not be recovered. With traditional HDD or SSD, you still have an option to recover it. many free tool on internet to DIY when things really go bad.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 10-01-2019, 10:53 PM  
Are we really THAT rare?
Posted By pakinjapan
Replies: 5,910
Views: 758,556
I would say, The brand is definitely not rare in Japan. Everyone seems to know the brand. but I can feel seeing a lot fewer people using the camera compare to 5 years ago.

As for People outside of Japan I meet over the year;
When I just start a small weekend Photo-tour, I thought I would eventually meet an international Pentax user. +150 people later (not a Japanese, not a foreigner live in Japan), I meet ZERO international Pentax shooter. More than often, the first Pentax they have ever seen in action is my camera. So for all major brands which still actively make FF, APSC or 4/3 body, I have not yet meet Pentax, and... Sigma (if they still make a camera).
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 08-09-2019, 04:56 PM  
A7RII vs K-1
Posted By pakinjapan
Replies: 47
Views: 2,625
First of all, I am not a Pentax fanboy. I have never been a fanboy of anything I use and I have never called myself a Pentaxian although using it since Z1. I was thinking about moving to Sony Mirror-less full-frame a while ago and asked myself a similar question. I sold most of my lenses and ready to jump the ship late last year, but the more I look into A7's family the more I feel like I shouldn't go there. So I still keep my option open.

Here are 4 most important things for me:
Dynamic range: Pentax use Sony sensor, so it is not much to debate here. I like what Sony is doing on their sensor technology and thank them develop the technology for another brand to use as well. But sometimes I am surprised at how far they push their own tech on their camera too. The Pixelshift video posted by @jgnfld is a good example.

Lense prices: To me, the lenses I will likely buy if I move to Sony are way way too expensive for a hobbyist. Note that I want Autofocus lenses. As I live in Japan; it is a lot more for me to select both new & used, digital era & film era on Pentax's land. You better look into the list of lenses you want too. A lot of my Sony friend have only 1 or 2 native lenses and they look at my (used to have) collection with envy eyes, lol.

Weather seal: No, I am not always shooting in the rain ... but I like to shoot in the rain and do it often. I have been using the K3 during typhoon days. Rain and wind are a lot worse than in this video

You Tube

Typhoon type of rain is not a problem with the K3 so I expect K1 to be as good or even better.

Size and weight: This is a debatable area for me. Weight and size when talking about body + lenses, Sony is still a winner to me but not much because K1 body might be heavier but I don't have a taste for larger heavier lenses anyway. So again, It is a lot of good older Pentax autofocus lenses in the market. I can save myself a lot of Grams and $$$ using those options. (Yes, I like good lenses and I know about the modern lenses' design for digital sensor arguments but I couldn't care less about the few pixel on the 4 corners of the image.)

I am still using K3 and looking for an alternative lighter FF body that's why I have an idea of moving to A7 options in the first place and found out things I mention above after really look into it. A kind of coming back to a full circle! (And Yes, CP+ early 2019 was just another disappointment for me which I am a kind of sick and tired of it.)

Anyway, ask yourself what matter for you most and what brand has the better solutions. You might come up with a different answer than me.
Forum: General Talk 08-09-2019, 03:21 PM  
Which OS are you using
Posted By pakinjapan
Replies: 18
Views: 916
Windows 10

as many mentioned, 10 is still in support which mean it have a better security update from microsoft.
Forum: General Photography 06-07-2019, 03:21 AM  
Use your Gear randomly
Posted By pakinjapan
Replies: 33
Views: 1,472
You can also do a lens test game. Shoot things with the same focal range and let us guess what image shoot with what lens.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 05-15-2019, 04:15 PM  
Thematic The prime or zoom debate: answer with photographs!
Posted By pakinjapan
Replies: 46
Views: 2,099
With the only Zoom I have, the DA10-17.
Non of my Prime can do this! :p

Forum: Pentax K-1 04-08-2019, 04:10 PM  
Catch-In Focus discovery
Posted By pakinjapan
Replies: 33
Views: 3,139
Thank you so much. I will try it with my K3, hope it can do the same. Useful stuff!
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 03-25-2019, 08:09 PM  
What's the highest rated lens you own according to PF?
Posted By pakinjapan
Replies: 111
Views: 5,561
I used to have a FA50 macro. It is using the same optic design as your F50 macro and it is rated at 9.7 which is higher than the other 2 modern lenses i have DA*55 - 9.19 and DFA100wr - 9.64

I wish I were as lucky as you get the F50maco for free! Don't let it go. Try it at night and see its starburst. Not sure how well the F can do but my FA macro made incredible star burst. It is a shame, it only has 6 blades.

I sold my copy and buy a DA*55 because it is a WR lens and light. Well... I only wish it handled flare better than this or at least as good as the FA50 macro. Other than that, I have no complain. ... Wait... Starburst too. :D FA50 macro did way way better in this department.
Forum: Pentax Full Frame 03-23-2019, 03:56 PM  
Confused ?!? SMC Pentax-DA* 55mm F1.4 SDM - declared as FF by Yvon Bourque
Posted By pakinjapan
Replies: 16
Views: 2,154
Yes it can be used on a FF body. You might want to get an off brand shorter hood.
some even compare it with the new DA*50 which it perform pretty well.
SLRCLUB, ??? ???? ?? ????

That page is one of the reason I buy it.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 03-20-2019, 04:56 AM  
Speculation of FF DSLR the size of KP body, is it possible?
Posted By pakinjapan
Replies: 39
Views: 2,486
just try to have a civilize conversation, ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Forum: Pentax K-3 03-19-2019, 07:52 PM  
Why I will buy a K-3 III
Posted By pakinjapan
Replies: 209
Views: 12,474
I will definitely get a new Pentax apsc flagship body if it coming out this year. I am not even care what will be in there. I am sure it will be a significant improvement.

Anything after 2019... The question for me will be changed to, if i will still be with the brand.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 03-14-2019, 06:43 PM  
Speculation of FF DSLR the size of KP body, is it possible?
Posted By pakinjapan
Replies: 39
Views: 2,486
A piece of more information since some mentioned about Flange distance which I agree, it is very important on this topic.

[Flange distance / total thickness - all in mm]
A7III 18 / 74
KP 45.46 / 76
K1 45.46 / 85.5
K1000 film 45.46 / 48. * Edit

Sony uses up to 56mm after subtraction of its Flange distance.
KP uses 30.54mm
K1 uses 39.5mm

There is no way K-mount body will get to the same thickness as of 7AIII but KP/76mm is pretty close to 74mm of A7III. And my main point is, Can K1 go down to a similar size as of KP?
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 03-14-2019, 05:19 PM  
Speculation of FF DSLR the size of KP body, is it possible?
Posted By pakinjapan
Replies: 39
Views: 2,486
If you read the interview by Pentaxforums at CP+2019. Look closely at Q9. I am highly speculated (or fantasizing it, you decide!) that they are trying something like that somewhere in the basement of Ricoh building in Tokyo, miniature FF DSLR to the size of SLR. !!!

And on another point, I recently found this image online. Left a crop mirrorless body Vs Right 1972 SLR with mirror box in it + pentaprism on the head. The overall thickness doesn’t look that much difference. It is a crop vs ff body we are seeing here.

1. Is it possible concerning the technology at hand today to have FF DSLR built in the size of the KP body? (and still can do everything KP or K3II does.) I remember reading something similar and back then one of the speculations was the SR system, but now as we see from Sony A7III. It has a built-in 5-Axis image stabilization. Sony proves that it possible now.

2. what needs to be sacificed to achieve such a small size?
I am just thinking out loud here. Let me know your thoughts.

I am more focus on physical size and weight of the Digital FF body today because that will make or break me with the brand. Hope it won't be turned to Mirrorless vs DSLR things. Focus on what possible, not possible to make it physically as small/light as a good old-time SLR body.
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 03-12-2019, 08:34 PM  
Any experience with Pentax replacement focusing screens?
Posted By pakinjapan
Replies: 3
Views: 885
I have the ME-60 you mentioned. I used to use it with K-5.
it is a clean blank screen and it doesn't seem to affect my K-5 meter. it is a genuine Pentax screen, so you don't have to worry it will affect camera light meter in a bad way.

As for helping manual focus...or not... I guess it is just for marketing. to me, as some already said, it doesn't help me manual focus at all.

And I think it helps me compost image a bit by not having any line printed on. Maybe I should put it back on. I left it in its box for years already.
Forum: Weekly Photo Challenges 02-01-2019, 09:38 PM  
Weekly Challenge Weekly Challenge #448 - A matter of perspective
Posted By pakinjapan
Replies: 17
Views: 1,478
K3 and DA10-17 at 17mm

a long way to go...

Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 01-16-2019, 02:46 PM  
K-3 just locked up while shooting???
Posted By pakinjapan
Replies: 13
Views: 749
Not that I know. I only have pentax brand.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 01-12-2019, 05:55 PM  
K-3 just locked up while shooting???
Posted By pakinjapan
Replies: 13
Views: 749
I have the same problem a few times.
I have soot in heavy rain, typhoon type of wind and rain. If it is moisture, you will see another symptom too. The autofocus likely stops working and or you can visibly see internal condensation built up either on the viewfinder or on a photo you take, but the shutter will keep working. K3 is a mini tank. It will keep going.

I would say it is likely a battery problem. When it happens, remove the battery, put a new one and restart the camera.
I recommend keeping an eye on the battery. If it happens again with the same battery, don't keep using it. just get a new battery. At first, it was very random in my case. but when it happens, it is always with the same battery.

The genuine battery cames with my K-3 cause the problem when the power shows about one bar. Sometimes, I would say a weak 2 bar.
My K-5 battery which is older but never causes a problem. I can use until the battery icon turns red. It took me a while to find out that it was a battery problem.
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 12-23-2018, 04:48 PM  
NY Times Best Photos of 2018
Posted By pakinjapan
Replies: 3
Views: 652
thanks for sharing
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 12-18-2018, 05:28 AM  
What is it inside my lens?
Posted By pakinjapan
Replies: 1
Views: 751
I didn't notice any of this just 2 weeks ago when I took sample photos of the lens because I was trying to sale it. Just now, I am doing the last check before pack it up for shipping and I found this thing. I already notify the buyer and hopefully he didn't pay the money yet.

I think it is condensation but I only guess. what do you think?
If it doesn't go away in a few day, what can I do?

Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 12-15-2018, 05:28 PM  
Disturbing news about an important photojournalist ...
Posted By pakinjapan
Replies: 19
Views: 1,986
I hope for the best for Mr. Lu Guang.
it take a lot of bravery sometime nerve to be a journalist standing on the truth side of the story inside a country like China.
I just watch on TV last night about how they put people data on the big-data server and give people score for just about anything... even what you often buy in a super market. Then using together with face, DNA and finger print recondition in real-time on public camera. You can pretty much see individual information of common people walking in public and captured by a security camera which is everywhere. I pretty sure they add non-chinese data into the database when they visit the country too.

People like Mr. Lu Guang might be tracked down by the very same system, but I wonder who will keep an eye on including evaluate and score those at the top of the government? beside that, if the system were hacked!!!
Forum: Sold Items 12-08-2018, 11:29 PM  
For Sale - Sold: DA15 SMC - Free Express shipping + insurance worldwide [ Pending ]
Posted By pakinjapan
Replies: 0
Views: 606 Marketplace Listing

Item for Sale
DA15 SMC - Free Express shipping + insurance worldwide

Asking Price
22,000.00 JPY

Item Location
Tokyo (Japan)

Item Description
This lens is a SMC version. Read forum review here. I brought it new many year ago. I used to use it very often for years. Now my style change a bit and I haven't use it as much for the last 1 - 2 years. So I will let it go with a very low price point.(Prince is in Japanese Yen.) If you are looking for a cheap DA15, check it out. Feel free to private message me if you have questions. If you are in Tokyo, and want to try it out before buy, let me know.

Lens’s condition:
  1. lens show sign of extensive uses. Scratches on the barrel and all over but no damage to the glass and its auto-focus mechanism.

  2. Built in hood can now be removed! So that a filter holder can be directly attached to the lens. The stock Pentax build-in hood doesn’t lose its functionality (if you wish to keep it in place). It needs a bit of work to remove or reinstall the built-in hood which I will show in the image below.

  3. Hood wobble "a bit". I guess that is a direct result of the hood modification. HOWEVER, It is "not" affecting the Auto-focus & manual focus mechanism.

  4. I applied the nail polish to 3 of the internal screws. Please see image below. 2 of them was loosen inside around 2 years ago. It cause problem to lens's auto-focus. After the fix, it has never happened again. Note that, the screw came loose out of the blue.

  5. It comes with Pentax Rear Cap. Its own DA15 pouch (like new). Its box and manual, but Front cap is "O-LC49". (I loosed its metal cap some years ago.)

  6. I have a transparency protection film wrap around the lens's metal barrel for protection. I should have done it when it was still new! it can be removed if you want, but I advise to keep it on for protection. It is the same protection film people use for iPhone/iPad, so it won't turn yellow and it won't leave sticky glue behind after removal.

  7. No scratch on the glass

  8. No fungus.

  9. No damage or oil on aperture blades.

  10. No internal dust for as far as I can see.

  11. No problem with the auto-focus, quick-shift and manual mechanism.

Lens's Image
Right click to save full resolution image.
(you should download and have a closer look before make a decision.)

How to remove the Built-in hood.
Right click to save large image.

How to improve image quality when use this lens

if you are on a high pixel density body like K-3, DA15 is not a good performer at the edges. But there is an easy way to improve image quality see from images below or you can read more here.
Right click to save full resolution image.

When you focus in the center of the image, it will turn out like this. I test using K3. As you can see, edge performance is ... pretty bad to me.

Tip: focus at an object close to the corners will improve edge sharpness without loosing center sharpness as see in image below.

Apply basic sharpening in post process and it will look even better.

Are you the original owner of the item being sold?

Are you selling or trading this item?

Item Condition (Key)

Shipping Destinations

Shipping Charge

Shipping Services

Accepted Payment Types

Return Policy & Additional Details
If the lens condition is not as described. Please contact me within 7 days after you get the lens. Buyer will pay PayPal fees and the return shipping.

Please send me a private message if interested in the item!

---------- Post added 12-09-18 at 03:39 PM ----------

Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 11-26-2018, 09:03 PM  
=Capture a stranger street style=
Posted By pakinjapan
Replies: 8,811
Views: 864,282
K3 and DA*55
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 10-31-2018, 05:47 PM  
Ricoh Imaging Square Shanghai opens
Posted By pakinjapan
Replies: 20
Views: 5,058
Last time when I (seriously) check the price which was long ago! (But I think it is still truth.) Price for new Pentax gears in North America seems to be the lowest. Like the K1 / 1II prices. They were / are significant lower than in Japan (which piss me off and that’s why I remember. Ha ha. The same price to get a K1 in japan, I can get a K1 + a used FA31 in the US. who wouldn’t be pissed?). Therefore I though, Ricoh gives more attention to North America’s market… and now they open a showroom in china. I wonder why not North America?
Anyway, It is good for user over there.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 10-28-2018, 04:14 PM  
Which lens is sharpest
Posted By pakinjapan
Replies: 81
Views: 6,956
The title is "Which lens is sharpest"

Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 10-25-2018, 03:16 PM  
Which lens is sharpest
Posted By pakinjapan
Replies: 81
Views: 6,956
I have 100wr too and below are lenes i have or used to have that i think It is (more than) satifactory in term of sharpness when compared to the 100 wr regardless of focal length.

Fa50macro (this should include F and DFA too)

I can't comment on lenses l have never used.

I am using DFA100wr for landscape. I like its sharpness and rendering very much, so when searching for a 50mm, similar to you, I used what I see from 100 wr as a bar to meet. I ended up with FA50macro. After some months of using, I crowned it the sharpest lens in my bag. (I have no way to proof if it's sharper than 100wr. It was what I "feel". May be it is easier to use, so I use it more than the rest so I developed more emotion to the lens.) Later I want a 50mm WR lens, I didn't have much choice, I have to get the DA*55. and I couldn't believe, I let the 50 macro go. That's tell a lot. If 55* is still not sharp enough, the only option left would be using a knife to take a photo.
*Again, I am not saying who's sharper. I just say it out of my "feeling", no scientific proof.
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